Picking cotton the old fashioned way—by hand—was damned hard and unpleasant work. For the late Charlie Louvin, picking country music and making a living at it was hard as hell too.
For the late Charlie Louvin, picking country music and making a living at it was hard as hell too. He did both and lived to tell about it in his unadorned country way. Neither the life he led nor his descriptions of it turn out to be stuff for the weak of heart.
Louvin’s memoir tells the story of a generation of country music now gone. Charlie finished writing Satan is Real with Benjamin Whitmer shortly before he passed away in 2011. The era when he and his brother Ira rose to fame as the Louvin Brothers died years before. If you ever saw Louvin, Bill Monroe or Roy Acuff perform, you witnessed an icon of a way of country music life that no longer exists—history as it happened.